U.S. Travel Documents | What You Need to Know

There are a lot of different ways to enter the U.S. Read on to learn more about the different travel documents available to those who wish to enter the U.S.

What Visas Do I Need for a Short-Term Stay in the U.S.?

Some of the most common types of short-stay visas the U.S. government issues are as follows:

  • Business visa: This allows foreign nationals to engage in commerce in the U.S,
  • Working holiday visa: This allows individuals to obtain temporary work here in the U.S. while they are traveling.
  • Transit visa: If you plan on passing through the United States to reach a destination outside of the country, you will need a transit visa, which generally only allows individuals to stay up to 10 days, and sometimes as short as a few hours.
  • Private visa: If you were someone who was invited to the U.S. by a U.S. resident for a private visit, you may receive a private visa.
  • Medical visa: You may obtain one if you require medical treatment/diagnostics from a specific medical professional in the U.S.
  • Tourist visa: These visas are reserved for a short period of leisure/tourist travel.
  • Athletic or artistic visa: These are reserved for competing athletes, performing artists, and the like.
  • Cultural exchange visa: Generally for athletes/artists participating in cultural exchange programs.

What Visas Do I Need for a Lond-Term Stay in the U.S.?

There are various visas the U.S. government offers to individuals who are looking to stay in the U.S. for a longer, albeit limited period of time. Those visas are as follows:

  • Refugee visa: If you are a foreign national seeking to flee significant danger in your country, such as persecution, natural disaster, or otherwise, you may receive a refugee visa.
  • Student visa: This allows foreign nationals to receive higher education here in the U.S.
  • Asylum visa: Not dissimilar to the refugee visa, asylum visas are granted to those who are fearful of persecution in their country due to race, beliefs, associations with a particular group, etc.
  • Temporary worker visa for approved employment: The most common type of worker visa is the H-1B visa.
  • Journalist visa: For journalists who wish to report for their news organizations in the U.S.

If you have any questions about the various travel documents available in the United States, contact our experienced firm.

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What Does USCIS Say About Vaccines? | What to Know

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in serious travel restrictions and caused extended delays to the immigration process. Now that vaccines are rolling out, restrictions are being lifted. Read on to learn about the latest announcements from the CDC and USCIS.

Due to CDC guidelines, USCIS has updated its policies, stating, “fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a face covering. Individuals two years old and older who are not fully vaccinated must still wear a face covering.” You will be considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least two weeks since the second shot of your two-dose vaccine, or two weeks since your one-dose shot.

USCIS has announced that they have “eased other requirements for fully vaccinated individuals who do not have COVID-19 symptoms. Those who have returned from domestic air, international air or cruise ship travel in the past 10 days may enter USCIS facilities if they are fully vaccinated. Individuals who have been in close contact (within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more) with anyone known to have COVID-19 in the previous 14 days may also enter USCIS facilities if they are fully vaccinated. Healthcare workers who consistently wear an N95 respirator and proper personal protective equipment or equivalent when in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals continue to be exempt from reporting close contact.”

If you have any questions or concerns about traveling at this time, our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced immigration law attorney today.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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What is TPS and What are the Latest Updates?

The United States has built a clause into its immigration law known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows people from certain countries to remain in the U.S. because their native countries have been deemed unsafe due to environmental conditions, violent conditions, or any other extreme scenario. This allows them to live, work, and travel to and from the U.S. during the length of time in which a Temporary Protected Status has been put in place. Read on to learn more about TPS and the recent announcement regarding Haitian immigrants.

Who is Eligible for TPS?

Temporary Protected Status is granted to individuals from countries that are experiencing difficult or dangerous situations, such as civil war, health epidemic, environmental disaster, or other factors that may prevent these nationals from returning home safely. Haiti was granted Temporary Protected Status after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the nation.

A Brief History of TPS for Haitians

As previously mentioned, Haiti was granted Temporary Protected Status in 2010. This TPS has been extended over the years until the Trump administration sought to end it in 2018. But, the Biden administration has recognized the devastating effects of COVID-19 on Haiti and its citizens.

What are the Latest Updates Regarding TPS?

According to CBS, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has explained that “Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.” As a result, the United States is working to support Haitian nationals until they can safely return home to Haiti. According to BuzzFeed, “The Biden administration will grant more than 100,000 Haitians in the US the opportunity to gain temporary protected status, shielding them from deportation and allowing them to obtain work permits…”

It is important to note that this announcement only applies to Haitians who are currently in the U.S., and not those who travel to the country after the announcement was made.

If you have any questions or concerns about TPS or the latest updates, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced immigration attorney.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

 

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Leaving the United States with a Green Card | What to Know

Obtaining a Green Card is incredibly exciting. This will mean you have a number of new rights and benefits. You may be wondering about your options when it comes to leaving the United States after obtaining your Green Card. Read on to learn more about the process of leaving the U.S. with a Green Card.

What Documents Do I Need to Leave and Re-Enter the United States with a Green Card?

If you wish to leave the United States, there are several important documents you will need. Some of these documents include a passport from your country of citizenship, or, if applicable, a refugee travel document that permits you to leave the country. In some cases, you may have to obtain a specific visa that permits you to leave the United States.

Upon returning to the U.S., you must present your Green Card to an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. After the officer reviews your Green Card, passport, and driver’s license, you will most likely be allowed back into the United States. If you encounter any difficulties, you will need the help of an experienced and skilled immigration attorney.

How Long Can I leave the United States if I Have a Green Card?

If you have a Green Card, there is a very good chance that you will be allowed to leave the United States for an extended period of time. That being said, you must first apply for a re-entry permit with the Form I-131. If the form is approved, you can leave the United States and return without a problem, until your permit expires.

If you are someone who is not yet a naturalized citizen in the United States, there is a very good chance that if you leave for more than six months, you will likely disturb the continuous residency needed in order to become a naturalized citizen, which can prevent you from becoming naturalized. To avoid this, you can file an Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes in Form N-470.

If you have any questions or concerns or encounter any difficulties leaving and re-entering the country, contact our firm. Our team of dedicated attorneys is here for you.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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Public Charge Rule Comes to an End | What to Know

During his time in office, President Trump and his administration made a lot of changes to immigration laws. Now, President Biden is making his own changes. As a result, U.S. immigration laws are changing rapidly, and it is important to remain up to speed. One of the latest changes is the removal of the public charge rule. Read on to learn more about the public charge rule and what changes are being implemented.

What is the Public Charge Rule?

On February 24, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security implemented Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. This meant that if you were an immigrant that was currently considered a “public charge,” or DHS determined that you would be at any point in the future, you would most likely be denied a Green Card.

What Does “Public Charge” Mean?

The phrase “public charge” refers to the use of public benefits. For example, if you are someone who now requires, or will require the use of Supplemental Security Income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid, certain housing programs, income maintenance, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, you would no longer be considered “admissible.”

What Changes Have Occurred?

Recently, the Biden administration has decided that the government “will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources,” according to The Department of Homeland Security.

Additionally, The Department of Homeland Security has stated, “‘the 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation’s values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them,’ said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. ‘Consistent with the President’s vision, we will continue to implement reforms that improve our legal immigration system.’”

As more changes occur, our firm will continue to keep you updated. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your immigration status or the naturalization process, contact our firm to speak with a dedicated immigration attorney.

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John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Our firm understands what is at stake when it comes to immigration law matters, which is why If you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and schedule your initial consultation with our firm today.

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